One moment changes Madison’s life


courtesy photo“I got hit by a tank.” Madison Birdwell saw the huge car, a Mercury Grand Marquis, run the red light right and come directly at her before hitting her motorcycle. The 15-year-old from Guthrie, Okla., remains clear-headed about the accident: “I remember everything.”

Her injuries were gruesome. The accident stripped the skin on her lower left leg down to the muscles and tendons. Her leg bones were broken in six places. Her tibia bone was exposed.

She was Medi flighted to an Oklahoma City adult hospital trauma unit where surgeons set her bones. But after two weeks there, her improvement was minimal and she was told that she was 24 hours away from losing her leg. “I was prepared for the fact,” Madison says. She was transported that night on a jet to Children’s Medical Center and a hospital bed in Dallas.

Read more of Madison’s story Wednesday.


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